Goodwill Store Proposed for Weber Road Site

The Romeoville Village Board must approve a special-use permit before the retail/donation center can be built at Weber and Airport roads.

Credit: goodwill.org
Credit: goodwill.org
A 17,000-square-foot Goodwill store and donation center will be built next to the Aldi on Weber Road, contingent on the Romeoville Village Board approving a special-use permit for the development.

The board was briefed this week on the concept plan, which call for the store to be built on a 2.73-acre site at Airport and Taylor roads, according to a Joliet Herald News story. The store would have 88 parking spaces in a lot with three access points.

The special use permit is required under village zoning laws governing second-hand retail stores.

“(Goodwill) is doing a lot of new, innovative things,” Mayor John Noak said in the Herald News story. “It’s going to be a nice asset to our community.”

Goodwill already has stores in Joliet, Plainfield and Bolingbrook.
SAHMIL September 07, 2013 at 08:37 AM
Why not a Savers? I'm sorry, but i don't think that this is going to help the area. We have a Good Will in Joliet and one in Bolingbrook. Plus, the CEO of Good Will is more about lining his pockets than he is about helping getting people back to work
Child of GOD September 07, 2013 at 09:43 AM
At first I was going to agree with having GOODWILL, but after reading Sahmil, I have to agree with them, I read a story about how 90% of the profit go to the big wiggs and not to help the people.
Burt Morgan September 07, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Someone mentioned to me that only 10% of contributions (and/or sales) at Goodwill goes to charity. Can that be verified?
Child of GOD September 08, 2013 at 12:41 PM
This might help http://wafflesatnoon.com/2013/02/27/think-before-you-donate-charity-claims/
Laura Canniff September 08, 2013 at 04:08 PM
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3478013 I question how much research is done by the village before allowing any business to operate in our town. We need some values. This business has received the same press Walmart has about how it exploits its employees.
Child of GOD September 08, 2013 at 05:25 PM
I would love to see a trader joes, and a Portillos. Maybe a wholefoods.
SAHMIL September 08, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Love life, I agree with you. Why can't we have a Promenade of Romeoville at that rate with a variety of stores and a community gathering place like Bolingbrook has? I would like to see some more independent shops; bistros. I would love to see a Panera Bread, or a strip mall with like a Children's Place and a Gymboree in it. A TJ Maxx or a Marshall's or a Ross would be great too.
K L September 09, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Gotta agree with some of the previous posters. 1. There are already 2 Goodwill stores within minutes of that location. 2. Not to sound snobbish, but Goodwill stores do not give off the 'this is a place I want to be' vibe. They are generally built in low income areas. So, being excited about a Goodwill moving in is hard to be. It's sort of like saying 'YEA! ANOTHER DOLLAR STORE!'. 3. Doing some quick research on Goodwill shows that they aren't what they are cracked up to be. Love life and SAHMIL hit it on the head. Romeoville needs to think more like Target than Walmart. Better stores, local stores, not big box lowest-common-denominator stores. How about a non-Starbucks coffee shop, or a Whole Foods, or a few restaurants that aren't common place in the area that offer some variety. Let the surrounding neighborhoods fill their empty lots with 'whatever they can find'.
Child of GOD September 09, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Totally agree KL. Each town, its the same old same old. Trader Joes, I would love that too. They are 20 min. away. TO FAR
SAHMIL September 10, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Weren't we slated for a Meijer to be built across from Walmart???
Child of GOD September 10, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I hope Meijer will come, I hate walmart, dirty, produce is terrible, and they are over priced
Mom of 2 September 14, 2013 at 09:08 AM
Just recently read an article that Goodwill donates 0% of its profits to charity. If their claim to fame is that they hire people, then the same argument to be applied to Trader Joe's, Meijer, etc. The difference is we don't donate our stuff for these stores to sell to make a profit. I was disgusted when I read this and will never donate to Goodwill again.
Child of GOD September 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM
mom of 2 can you post that article about goodwill, That makes me mad. My stuff no longer will go to them, Send your stuff to power connection in bolingbrook, they use ALL donations to help the poor and people in need.
Mom of 2 September 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Love Life-I just Googled to find the article and found many more articles that support what I had read. If you type in "How much does Goodwill donate to charity?" you will find lots of information. I truly feel duped by this organization.
Cheryl Lightholder September 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM
You may have heard or even received an email titled “Think Before You Donate.” The email lists five non-profit companies and advises people not to donate to them. Goodwill is listed as one of the five, however the information included in the email is wrong. http://www.amazinggoodwill.com/in-the-news/bid/249113/Goodwill-Responds-to-Bogus-Email
Mickey October 02, 2013 at 11:35 AM
@ Love Life. Thanks for the tip about Power Connection. I never knew they accepted clothes donation and they are right down the street from me!! For that matter, so is Good Will!! Haha
Child of GOD October 03, 2013 at 09:15 AM
The difference Mickey, Power Connection feeds the hundgry in our neighborhood, Good will doesn't. They are a great bunch of people and their only goal is to help others. They are always in need of donations. Thanks Mickey, let your friends know too


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